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Ben Youngs, one of the bright new stars of English rugby, is already buzzing at the thought of playing world champions South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

New evidence may write Lindbergh out of history as first to fly Atlantic

Research shows two French pilots made trip, but died on landing

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I first swam the Channel back in 1979, when I was 15. I'd swum the length of Lake Windermere, which is about 10 miles, and have done open water swims all over the world, breaking 19 world records, but the Channel is still the blue riband event – the swim people travel miles to do.

French call for ban on Channel swimming

Armed with little more than a bathing suit, nose plugs and a liberal application of Vaseline, hundreds of cross-Channel swimmers have sought out one of sport's toughest challenge since Captain Matthew Webb first performed the feat in 1875.

Call for better regulation of cross-Channel swims

A ferry company called today for better regulation of cross-Channel swimmers because the endurance sport is growing so quickly.

British woman starves to death in the Caribbean

The family of a woman who starved to death after leaving Britain for a new life in the Caribbean has called for a full investigation, it emerged today.

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